Mark 5

The Gerasene Demoniac

1 1They came to the other side of the sea, into the country of the Gerasenes.
2 When He got out of 2the boat, immediately a man from the tombs 3with an unclean spirit met Him,
3 and he had his dwelling among the tombs. And no * one was able to bind him anymore, even with a chain;
4 because he had often been bound with shackles and chains, and the chains had been torn apart by him and the shackles broken in pieces, and no one was strong enough to subdue him.
5 Constantly, night and day, he was screaming among the tombs and in the mountains, and gashing himself with stones.
6 Seeing Jesus from a distance, he ran up and bowed down before Him;
7 and shouting with a loud voice, he said, "4What business do we have with each other, Jesus, 5Son of 6the Most High God? I implore You by God, do not torment me!"
8 For He had been saying to him, "Come out of the man, you unclean spirit!"
9 And He was asking him, "What is your name?" And he said to Him, "My name is 7Legion; for we are many."
10 And he began to implore Him earnestly not to send them out of the country.
11 Now there was a large herd of swine feeding nearby on the mountain.
12 The demons implored Him, saying, "Send us into the swine so that we may enter them."
13 Jesus gave them permission. And coming out, the unclean spirits entered the swine; and the herd rushed down the steep bank into the sea, about two thousand of them; and they were drowned in the sea.
14 Their herdsmen ran away and reported it in the city and in the country. And the people came to see what it was that had happened.
15 They came to Jesus and observed the man who had been 8demon-possessed sitting down, 9clothed and 10in his right mind, the very man who had had the "11legion "; and they became frightened.
16 Those who had seen it described to them how it had happened to the 12demon-possessed man, and all about the swine.
17 And they began to 13implore Him to leave their region.
18 14As He was getting into the boat, the man who had been 15demon-possessed was imploring Him that he might accompany * Him.
19 And He did not let him, but He said to him, "16Go home to your people and report to them what great things the Lord has done for you, and how He had mercy on you."
20 And he went away and began to 17proclaim in 18Decapolis what great things Jesus had done for him; and everyone was amazed.

Miracles and Healing

21 19When Jesus had crossed over again in 20the boat to the other side, a large crowd gathered around Him; and so He stayed 21by the seashore.
22 22One of 23the synagogue officials named Jairus came up, and on seeing Him, fell at His feet
23 and implored Him earnestly, saying, "My little daughter is at the point of death; please come and 24lay Your hands on her, so that she will get well and live."
24 And He went off with him; and a large crowd was following Him and pressing in on Him.
25 A woman who had had a hemorrhage * for twelve years,
26 and had endured much at the hands of many physicians, and had spent all that she had and was not helped at all, but rather had grown worse -
27 after hearing about Jesus, she came up in the crowd behind Him and touched His cloak.
28 For she thought, "If I just touch His garments, I will get well."
29 Immediately the flow of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of her 25affliction.
30 Immediately Jesus, perceiving in Himself that 26the power proceeding from Him had gone forth, turned around in the crowd and said, "Who touched My garments?"
31 And His disciples said to Him, "You see the crowd pressing in on You, and You say, 'Who touched Me?' "
32 And He looked around to see the woman who had done this.
33 But the woman fearing and trembling, aware of what had happened to her, came and fell down before Him and told Him the whole truth.
34 And He said to her, "Daughter, 27your faith has made you well; 28go in peace and be healed of your 29affliction."
35 While He was still speaking, they came from the house of the 30synagogue official, saying, "Your daughter has died; why trouble the Teacher anymore?"
36 But Jesus, overhearing what * was being spoken, said to the 31synagogue official, "32Do not be afraid any longer, only believe."
37 And He allowed no * one to accompany Him, except 33Peter and James and John the brother of James.
38 They came to the house of the 34synagogue official; and He saw a commotion, and people loudly weeping and wailing.
39 And entering in, He said to them, "Why make a commotion and weep? The child has not died, but is asleep."
40 They began laughing at Him. But putting them all out, He took along the child's father and mother and His own companions *, and entered the room where the child was.
41 Taking the child by the hand, He said to her, "Talitha kum!" (which translated means, "Little girl, 35I say to you, get up!").
42 Immediately the girl got up and began to walk, for she was twelve years old. And immediately they were completely * astounded.
43 And He 36gave them strict orders that no one should know about this, and He said that something should be given her to eat.

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Mark 5 Commentary

Chapter 5

The demoniac healed. (1-20) A woman healed. (21-34) The daughter of Jairus raised. (35-43)

Verses 1-20 Some openly wilful sinners are like this madman. The commands of the law are as chains and fetters, to restrain sinners from their wicked courses; but they break those bands in sunder; and it is an evidence of the power of the devil in them. A legion of soldiers consisted of six thousand men, or more. What multitudes of fallen spirits there must be, and all enemies to God and man, when here was a legion in one poor wretched creature! Many there are that rise up against us. We are not a match for our spiritual enemies, in our own strength; but in the Lord, and in the power of his might, we shall be able to stand against them, though there are legions of them. When the vilest transgressor is delivered by the power of Jesus from the bondage of Satan, he will gladly sit at the feet of his Deliverer, and hear his word, who delivers the wretched slaves of Satan, and numbers them among his saints and servants. When the people found that their swine were lost, they had a dislike to Christ. Long-suffering and mercy may be seen, even in the corrections by which men lose their property while their lives are saved, and warning given them to seek the salvation of their souls. The man joyfully proclaimed what great things Jesus had done for him. All men marvelled, but few followed him. Many who cannot but wonder at the works of Christ, yet do not, as they ought, wonder after him.

Verses 21-34 A despised gospel will go where it will be better received. One of the rulers of a synagogue earnestly besought Christ for a little daughter, about twelve years old, who was dying. Another cure was wrought by the way. We should do good, not only when in the house, but when we walk by the way, De. 6:7 . It is common with people not to apply to Christ till they have tried in vain all other helpers, and find them, as certainly they will, physicians of no value. Some run to diversions and gay company; others plunge into business, or even into intemperance; others go about to establish their own righteousness, or torment themselves by vain superstitions. Many perish in these ways; but none will ever find rest to the soul by such devices; while those whom Christ heals of the disease of sin, find in themselves an entire change for the better. As secret acts of sin, so secret acts of faith, are known to the Lord Jesus. The woman told all the truth. It is the will of Christ that his people should be comforted, and he has power to command comfort to troubled spirits. The more simply we depend on Him, and expect great things from him, the more we shall find in ourselves that he is become our salvation. Those who, by faith, are healed of their spiritual diseases, have reason to go in peace.

Verses 35-43 We may suppose Jairus hesitating whether he should ask Christ to go on or not, when told that his daughter was dead. But have we not as much occasion for the grace of God, and the comfort of his Spirit, for the prayers of our ministers and Christian friends, when death is in the house, as when sickness is there? Faith is the only remedy against grief and fear at such a time. Believe the resurrection, then fear not. He raised the dead child to life by a word of power. Such is the gospel call to those who are by nature dead in trespasses and sins. It is by the word of Christ that spiritual life is given. All who saw it, and heard of it, admired the miracle, and Him that wrought it. Though we cannot now expect to have our dead children or relatives restored, we may hope to find comfort under our trials.

Cross References 36

  • 1. Mark 5:1-17: {Matthew 8:28-34; Luke 8:26-37}
  • 2. Mark 3:9; Mark 4:1, 36; Mark 5:21
  • 3. Mark 1:23
  • 4. Matthew 8:29
  • 5. Matthew 4:3
  • 6. Luke 8:28; Acts 16:17; Hebrews 7:1
  • 7. Matthew 26:53; Mark 5:15; Luke 8:30
  • 8. Matthew 4:24; Mark 5:16, 18
  • 9. Luke 8:27
  • 10. Luke 8:35
  • 11. Mark 5:9
  • 12. Matthew 4:24; Mark 5:15
  • 13. Matthew 8:34; Acts 16:39
  • 14. Mark 5:18-20: {Luke 8:38, 39}
  • 15. Matthew 4:24; Mark 5:15, 16
  • 16. Luke 8:39
  • 17. Psalms 66:16
  • 18. Matthew 4:25; Mark 7:31
  • 19. Matthew 9:1; Luke 8:40
  • 20. Mark 4:36
  • 21. Mark 4:1
  • 22. Mark 5:22-43: {Matthew 9:18-26; Luke 8:41-56}
  • 23. Matthew 9:18; Mark 5:35, 36, 38; Luke 8:49; Luke 13:14; Acts 13:15; Acts 18:8, 17
  • 24. Mark 6:5; Mark 7:32; Mark 8:23; Mark 16:18; Luke 4:40; Luke 13:13; Acts 6:6; Acts 9:17; Acts 28:8
  • 25. Mark 3:10; Mark 5:34
  • 26. Luke 5:17
  • 27. Matthew 9:22
  • 28. Luke 7:50; Luke 8:48; Acts 16:36; James 2:16
  • 29. Mark 3:10; Mark 5:29
  • 30. Mark 5:22
  • 31. Mark 5:22
  • 32. Luke 8:50
  • 33. Matthew 17:1; Matthew 26:37
  • 34. Mark 5:22
  • 35. Luke 7:14; Acts 9:40
  • 36. Matthew 8:4

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Mark 5 Commentaries